The Iowa Assessment of Skills and Knowledge for Automatic Word Recognition and Decoding (iASK)

Project Overview

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Phase I developed a prototype of iASK.  A study of students and teachers found it to be feasible and usable, and found evidence of both validity and reliability. Phase II builds the complete diagnostic and assesses its reliability and validity, comparing iASK with a battery of standardized tests in two cohorts of middle school students. Phase II also examines its feasibility for middle school classrooms and the utility of its data and reporting in supporting instructional decision making.

Phase I developed a prototype of iASK.  A study of students and teachers found it to be feasible and usable, and found evidence of both validity and reliability. Phase II builds the complete diagnostic and assesses its reliability and validity, comparing iASK with a battery of standardized tests in two cohorts of middle school students. Phase II also examines its feasibility for middle school classrooms and the utility of its data and reporting in supporting instructional decision making.

This project develops a new assessment of students’ knowledge of sound-to-spelling regularities and the skills in which it is embedded. By crossing these factors in a cognitive science framework, the Iowa Assessment of Skills and Knowledge for Automatic Word Recognition and Decoding (iASK) offers a multi-dimensional picture of students’ reading difficulties to help precisely target intervention to achieve automatic word recognition. iASK uses an internet-based platform for efficiency and fidelity, while enabling diverse tasks and items for a multi-dimensional assessment.